Lord Strathclyde leader of the House, gave a star performance as the Government spokesman supporting this draft Bill which he clearly thinks is crazy! http://www.dpm.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/house-lords-reform-draft-bill Lord Strathclyde has never been a supporter of an elected House and it showed on his face if not in his words! Support from his own backbenchers was completely absent and I suspect the Government is not going to get this Bill – or to be more precise the Liberal Democrats are not going to get it.
There are many unanswerd questions and if you are keen to follow this look at the Hansard for Tuesday. An obvious question is that if the second chamber is elected why won’t there be conflict between the two chambers and why wont it be dominated by political party’s?
If there was a referrendum on this I think it would be lost and yet the House does need reform but this is not the right Bill to deliver it. I am not convinced that an elected second chamber is necessary or desirable. I am slightly more open minded on some elected members from the regions but even that raises issues about the role of the two Houses.